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The Removal of this ‘Street Fighter’ Butt-Slap is the Gaming Controversy of the Day

Last month, fans keeping an eye on the upcoming Street Fighter V noticed something a bit weird. Fights featuring the character R. Mika had changed—when she wins, she no longer slaps her butt to taunt her opponent, as she had in videos first released this summer.

The butt-slap itself was already a little weird. Then it disappeared, and a few people on the internet jumped to the conclusion that developer Capcom censored the game to avoid the ire of internet “social justice warriors.”

That wasn’t the case, though, according to Capcom itself. Street Fighter V hasn’t been censored by any tidal wave of outrage to which Capcom has capitulated. Speaking with Brazilian publication UOL Jogos, Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono said the development team changed some characters’ animations so that potential Street Fighter players wouldn’t feel uncomfortable, according to a translation by a Neogaf user and native Portuguese speaker.

“We didn’t make any change because of external influences. Those changes came up internally,” Ono said. “We decided to remove that because we want the biggest possible number of people to play, and we don’t want to have something in the game that might make someone uncomfortable.”

In other words: it was a business decision. Much like the winning decision to make long-time series character Ken look like Die-Hard evil badass Karl. That’s definitely going to sell copies.

Then again the developers never thought to address the fact that this character is fighting in an outfit that’s absurdly revealing and objectively objectifying, but hey. Oh well.

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